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GMAT study plan after 630 (37Q, 41V) on first practice test

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I just took Veritas Prep's practice test without any preparation and got a 630 (37Q, 41V, 6IR). My goal is reaching 730.

Initial thoughts about my first test:
- IR: This wasn't too bad. I look at spreadsheets all the time for work, so it wasn't difficult to navigate through the tables in this section. However, there are some math concepts I need to brush up on, which brings me to...
- Q: I got A's in math throughout high school and college, but I have apparently forgotten everything that I learned. A 37 is pretty bad, but I feel that once I start reviewing the math concepts this section will become much, much easier.
- V: I felt fine on this section and finished with 10 minutes left. I recently studied for the LSAT, which explains why RC and CR were a breeze. My weakness was the sentence correction, but this question type was largely foreign to me, so, with practice, I feel as though this question type will give me the biggest opportunity for improvement.

Study plan:
- Timetable: I'd like to take the test in the beginning of February (4 months), but this is a soft deadline, as I intend to take the test whenever I feel like I can hit my target score. I work full-time, so I will be studying 5 to 10 hours per week depending on how busy things are at work.
- Focus: I will focus almost exclusively on Quant. When I do study for Verbal, it will almost exclusively be SC. I feel that my LSAT studying has prepared me as much as possible for CR and RC
- Materials: Manhattan Prep Complete Strategy Guide, GMAT Official Guide Bundle
- Practice Tests: I will take my next practice test after I finish the Manhattan Prep Complete Strategy Guide, then I will take one a week with review in between (I will purchase more tests if necessary)

How does this look as a plan of attack?

Are there any other resources you would suggest, specifically to improve my Quant score?


If I can improve my Verbal score 1 point to 42, then I probably need a 48Q to get to 730. Is this realistic?

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Hi believeland,

Welcome to GMATClub!
As is, I think you have a strong chance to hit your target score in a couple of months
(if you study as per you schedule). So there goes your question about being realistic.

Though you have started out by taking a Veritas Test, a month into your preparation
I would recommend you to take a GMATPrep test which are much more accurate.
In addition to the free tests, available on mba.com, you can buy 4 more tests which
you can buy for a price of around 100$. These tests are the most reliable indicators
of your performance!

Some tips on how best to effectively use this forum.

1. Follow Bunuel at the Math Forum(for Quant Section)
His signature contains some awesome questions that give you the true taste of GMAT.
Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc..
Even otherwise, solve each and every question he puts up on the forum.
They definitely give you all the practice that you need for Quant.

2. These are some links which I found to be very benefitial
GMAT Club Math Book | Quantitative Mega-thread | Reading Comprehension Strategy guide

3. You might also want to check the GMATClub Tests(which can help you improve your score)
You could either buy them or earn kudos to redeem the tests. GMATClub tests contain
some awesome questions which bring out the best when it comes to the Quant Section.

4.Last but not the least, you might want to check the GMATClub study plan
IMO, you can effectively use this study plan to improve you Quant Score while
you go through the basics of GMAT Verbal.

Hope that helps you in some way!
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Hi believeland,

Since you already have such a strong overall Verbal ability, you're in a great 'starting position' to hit your goal score. With 4 months of potential study time, you also have the freedom to 'play around' with your studies a bit. This is meant to say that the initial steps in your plan sound fine - and you have the necessary time to make adjustments as needed. As such, I suggest that you proceed as planned, then report back once you've taken your next practice CAT. That score will help to define how effectively you've been studying and what adjustments (if any) might be needed.

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